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Post Port Vale | Steve Cotterill

11 February 2023


Post Port Vale | Steve Cotterill

11 February 2023

Steve Cotterill spoke to the media following our 3-2 win over Port Vale - a result that made it six straight victories in League One.

The boss had to shuffle his pack for the visit of Darrell Clarke's side with centre-backs Tom Flanagan (suspended) and Matt Pennington (injured) both unavailable for the game.

And the visitors managed to get themselves 1-0 up when Dominic Politic scored in the 13th minute.

Town's response though was fantastic with goals from Chey Dunkley, Luke Leahy and Killian Phillips ensuring we went into half-time 3-1 up.

And while Jamie Proctor pulled a goal back for Vale in the second half, Steve's side saw out the game superbly to secure yet another win.


"When you have got two of your back three sat in the stands – I always thought we may concede today. 

"When you disrupt a back three, with two-thirds of it not playing, it’s very, very, difficult. 

"I always felt they would score at some stage today – not just Port Vale, anybody we would have played against because you’re chucking a back three together again. 

"They did really, really, well today. We had to change it around – and it’s very difficult when you go into a game like that. 

"The boys showed what they show every week – which is great character, great determination. 

"And when you look at our chances – we had some good chances to score more than three goals. 

"But we will take the 3-2 win. They beat us over at their place 2-1. So we will take the win."


"We didn’t start either half very well. I thought we caused our own problems at the start of the first half and we spoke about that at half-time. 

"But I know sometimes it’s easier to speak about it than it is to go out there and do it. 

"Once we got to grips with it in the first half, once we scored three we could have got another goal or two before half-time. 

"When they came out second-half and get the goal, we had to then make sure we were ultra disciplined because I’ve seen 3-1 scorelines become 3-3. We did not want that to happen. 

"At the end of the day, it’s all credit again to the boys, I think they deserve a lot of credit for how they apply themselves."


"I thought he was outstanding today, Killian Phillips. It was a good team performance, but I thought our outstanding performers today would have been Killian (Phillips) and Ryan Bowman. 

"Those would be my standout picks from today. 

"I thought Ryan led the line really well. And I thought Killian was outstanding in there. He is just such a great lad. He is 100 per cent in everything he does. His honesty is fantastic. 

"For a loan player to come in – we have been so lucky with the way the loan players have committed. 

"They could be teammates that have known each other for five or 10 years those boys. They have been outstanding." 


"I wasn’t sure today whether the referee gave us too much. 

"I think when you get those moments when anything could drop – it can make you slightly nervous. 

"But I thought we stayed strong right until the end. We didn’t give anything silly away. And I think, deservedly, we won the game."


"There are no medals anywhere, no cups. We haven’t won a medal or cup. But it’s nice for the supporters who I thought were brilliant today. 

"I always dread it when a team comes here and sells their end out. 

"I hate it that teams can have their supporters behind that goal - I would rather have our supporters behind that goal because the wind always blows that way in this stadium. 

"I’d rather our fans were down that end of that stadium helping to suck the ball in rather than the opposition. 

"But I asked for three sides of the ground to be very noisy today and a big thanks to them as well because we got that.”


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